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East Lyme native performs at Tapped Apple after stint in the Big Easy

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Any musician who spends any time in New Orleans will either a) stay there happily forever or b) leave enriched by the experience. This applies to East Lyme native Anna May.

After several "fantastic" months in the Crescent City, Anna May has returned to Connecticut and appears tonight at the Tapped Apple Winery in Westerly. As a songwriter and performer of vast ambition and curiosity, Anna May has explored a variety of styles from ukulele trios and confessional Americana to storytelling, scarf dancing, and Kirtan and sacred music.

"I don't think that I really knew what music was before I lived in New Orleans," she says. "I had a loose idea. There was a moment there while playing when I realized, 'Oh, that is what i am supposed to be doing.' ... Music is a feeling that I've finally learned how to respect. I realized it's the one thing that i would not be able to tame — and that that was the entire point of it."

Expect Anna May to present all sides of her musical personae — twisting the past and exploring the future. It should be a fun night.

Anna May, 8-10 tonight, Tapped Apple Winery, 36 High St., Westerly; free; (401) 637-4946 .

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